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Famous North Carolina State University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 42.7k views51 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to North Carolina State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from North Carolina State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from North Carolina State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished North Carolina State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended North Carolina State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from North Carolina State University.

List features Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson and more famous NCSU people. Go Wolfpack!

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to North Carolina State University?” and “Which celebrities are North Carolina State University alumni?”

Take a look at this list of famous NC State alumni!
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  • 1

    Zach Galifianakis

    Comedian, Pianist

    Age51

    BirthplaceWilkesboro, North Carolina, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Zachary Knight Galifianakis (; born October 1, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, and...  more

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  • 2

    John Edwards

    Politician, Writer

    Age67

    BirthplaceSeneca, South Carolina, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Johnny Reid "John" Edwards (born June 10, 1953) is an American lawyer and former politician...  more

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  • 3

    John Tesh

    Film Score Composer, Journalist

    Age68

    BirthplaceGarden City, New York, United States of America

    GenderMale

    John Frank Tesh (born July 9, 1952) is an American pianist and composer of pop music, as well...  more

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  • 4

    Dean Kamen

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

    Age69

    BirthplaceRockville Centre, New York, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Dean Lawrence Kamen (born April 5, 1951) is an American engineer, inventor, and businessman....  more
  • 5

    Russell Wilson

    Athlete, American football player

    Age31

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    GenderMale

    Russell Carrington Wilson (born November 29, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the...  more

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  • 6

    Anthony James Barr

    Software Engineer, Entrepreneur

    Age80

    BirthplaceNew York

    GenderMale

    Anthony James Barr (born September 24, 1940), aka Tony Barr or Jim Barr, is an American ...  more
  • 7

    Tim Kirkman

    Screenwriter, Film Director

    Age53

    BirthplaceMonroe, North Carolina, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Writer and director Tim Kirkman was born in Monroe, North Carolina, the third child of a...  more
  • 8

    Jill Wagner

    Model, Actor

    Age41

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Jill Suzanne Wagner (born January 13, 1979) is an American film and television actress, model,...  more

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  • 9

    Philip Rivers

    American football player

    Age38

    BirthplaceDecatur, Alabama

    GenderMale

    Philip Michael Rivers (born December 8, 1981) is a American football quarterback for the Los...  more

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  • 10

    James Goodnight

    Businessperson, Software Engineer

    Age77

    BirthplaceSalisbury, North Carolina

    GenderMale

    James Howard Goodnight (born January 6, 1943) is an American billionaire businessman and...  more
  • 11

    Age26

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Scott Cooke McCreery (born October 9, 1993) is an American country music singer. He won the...  more

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  • 12

    Torry Holt

    American football player

    Age39

    BirthplaceGibsonville, North Carolina

    GenderMale

    Torry Jabar Holt (born June 5, 1976) is a former professional American football player who was...  more
  • 13
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  • 14

    Spud Webb

    Basketball player

    Age57

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    GenderMale

    Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb (born July 13, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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  • 15

    Jim Hunt

    Politician, Farmer

    Age83

    BirthplaceWilson, North Carolina, United States of America

    GenderMale

    James Baxter Hunt Jr. (born May 16, 1937) is a retired American politician who was the 69th...  more
  • 16

    Jerricho Cotchery

    American football player

    Age38

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    GenderMale

    Jerricho Cotchery (born June 16, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver who played...  more
  • 17

    Nate McMillan

    Basketball player, Coach

    Age56

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

    GenderMale

    Nathaniel McMillan (born August 3, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player who...  more
  • 18

    Adrian Wilson

    American football player

    Age40

    BirthplaceHigh Point, North Carolina

    GenderMale

    Adrian Lemar Wilson (born on October 12, 1979) is a former American football safety. He played...  more
  • 19

    Mario Williams

    American football player

    Age35

    BirthplaceRichlands, North Carolina

    GenderMale

    Mario Jerrel Williams (born January 31, 1985) is a former American football defensive end. He...  more
  • 20

    Rajendra K. Pachauri

    Professor, Scientist

    Age80

    BirthplaceNainital, India

    GenderMale

    Rajendra Kumar Pachauri (born 20 August 1940) was the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel...  more
  • 21

    Chris Dieterich

    American football player

    Age62

    BirthplaceFreeport, New York

    GenderMale

    Christian Jeffrey Dieterich (born July 27, 1958) is a retired American football player who...  more
  • 22

    John David Hayworth, Jr.

    Politician, Journalist

    Age62

    BirthplaceHigh Point, North Carolina, United States of America

    GenderMale

    John David Hayworth Jr. (born July 12, 1958) is an American television host and former...  more
  • 23

    Patrick McHenry

    Politician

    Age44

    BirthplaceGastonia, North Carolina, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Patrick Timothy McHenry (born October 22, 1975) is the U.S. Representative for North...  more
  • 24

    Robert Gibbs

    Spokesperson, Strategist

    Age49

    BirthplaceAuburn, Alabama, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Robert Lane Gibbs (born March 29, 1971) is an American communication expert who is the...  more
  • 25

    James Owens

    Businessperson

    Age74

    BirthplaceElizabeth City, North Carolina

    GenderMale

    James W. Owens is an American economist and manufacturing executive. He is the former chairman...  more